NFG Summary:“Mass Effect offers a thrilling and immersive sci-fi experience, combining action-packed gameplay with a compelling narrative. As the first human in the galaxy, your journey to uncover a grave threat to civilization is both challenging and captivating, as you navigate through an expansive universe filled with unexplored planets and intriguing side quests. With upgradable talents and customizable weapons, you’ll feel empowered to become the hero that can save the universe from a violent and impending end.”

Categories: Western, RPG
Meta Score: 91
User Score: 87.0
Platform: PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360
Publisher Names: Microsoft Game Studios


Mass Effect is a science fiction action-RPG created by BioWare Corp., the commercially and critically acclaimed RPG developer of "Jade Empire," and "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." As the first human on the galactic stage, you must uncover the greatest threat to civilization. Your job is complicated by the very fact of your humanity, as no one trusts you and you need to find a way to convince everyone of the grave threat. You will travel across an expansive universe to piece the mystery together. As you discover and explore the uncharted edges of the galaxy, you come closer to an overwhelming truth – learning that the placid and serene universe you know is about to come to a violent end and that you may be the only person who can stop it! In addition to the main story arc of the game, players are be able to visit a large number of uncharted, unexplored planets which are side quests independent from the main story. At any time during the campaign, a player can choose to explore one of these planets and have an opportunity to discover new alien life, resources, ruined civilizations and powerful technologies. Talents and abilities are upgradeable and advanced talent options become available at higher levels. Weapons and vehicles are customizable to include various effects, abilities and upgrades using the "X-Mod" system. Each character class have unique talents and abilities which increase in power as the player progresses through the game. [Microsoft]

Positive Comment(s)

Far from being a ponderous sci-fi exposition, Mass Effect boasts a dynamic, well-constructed story with a broad emotional range. [Holiday 2007, p.82]92Electronic Gaming Monthly
Mass Effect is an amazing game, one that will be remembered for a long time to come.92Kombo
Truly massive, with enough material for at least three all-nighters. . . the first time through.91Game Revolution
It’s a rare thing when a game comes along with the power to move a player emotionally… Mass Effect takes interactive entertainment to breathtaking new heights.100GameSpy
The astounding vistas of each planet combined with swelling synth chords and the cheesy sci-fi plots of Babylon 5, make this a game for lovers of sci-fi and RPG everywhere. Roll on the sequels!90Official Xbox Magazine UK
I have had an excellent play time with Mass Effect thus far, and although the basic plot of the game’s story is somewhat cliche for sci-fi, it’s the execution that really has to be commended.100MS Xbox World
I suppose the brilliance is that, however many times I watched a scene or fought a battle, Mass Effect never truly lost its magic.901UP
A strong, robustly put-together RPG that for every shortcoming has a magical moment too. [Christmas 2007, p.56]90Games Master UK
A game of such rare emotion that we became attached to our characters to the point of missing them now it’s all over. [Issue 27, p.76]100X-ONE Magazine UK
Absolutely – bar none – THE must-own game of 2007 on ANY platform. Mass Effect is damn near perfect!99Digital Entertainment News

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